Career Transitions for Dancers Honors Legendary Ann-Margret with Rolex Dance Award
By: Ellis Nassour
The captivating 5’4" dynamo of screen, TV, recording, and Vegas legend Ann-Margret created a towering presence singing and dancing in films, TV, and onstage. There’ve been Oscar [two] and Golden Globe  nominations. She won five Golden Globes and six Emmys. And not just for musical comedy.
Ann-Margret: Still Stunning, Sweet, and Being Honored by Career Transitions for Dancers with the Rolex Dance Award on October 8 By: Ellis Nassour
She says, "I’ve lived life to the fullest, and I’m still here and going strong." That’s screen, TV, recording artist, author, and Vegas legend Ann-Margret talking. She’s a 5’4" dynamo who created a towering presence in show business. Stunning and with a charming and devilish sense of humor, she still possesses that rebellious "sex kitten" [one of the labels pinned on her in her youth] voice. It’s just much more soft spoken.
July 12, 2012: Acclaimed star of stage, film and television, Bebe Neuwirth, returns to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday July 15 at 8:30pm with “Stories With Piano," a reprise of her 2008 show at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in New York City.
Operation Backpack & Paige Davis making lots of improvements
By: Sandi Durell TLC Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis is passionate when it comes to her involvement as spokesperson and board member for Volunteers of America, the sponsor organization for Operation Backpack, this much needed charitable cause. In a phone conversation I had with Paige, she was extremely enthusiastic and adamant about the importance and necessity to get the word out to as many people as possible in our New York community that homeless children need a chance at normalcy when attending school, like every other child,. It’s as simple as a new backpack filled with the school supplies required for that specific age group to help remove the stigma attached to homelessness.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is presenting the man the NY Times dubbed “the last leading man,” the powerful baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell, in concert on Saturday July 2 at 8:30 pm. Mr. Mitchell can also be seen on the big screen opposite Angela Bassett in the Tri Star comedy JUMPING THE BROOM.
Producer Daryl Roth on Her Commitment to Bring Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart to a Larger Audience By Ellis Nassour
Daryl Roth is one of theater’s — Off Broadway and Broadway — most prolific producers. She’s long been a champion of serious theater. She has generously underwritten plays at not-for-profits, earned Tony Awards for Proof, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? and August: Osage County,countless other nominations, including last season’s The Temperamentals and a 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime Achievement for her championing of Off-Broadway. This season, one of her proudest accomplishments has been bringing Larry Kramer’s 1985 Off-Broadway playThe Normal Heart, which centers on the human and political factors surrounding the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
“I want to promote Broadway.” That’s Paul Libin, Vice President of the Jujamcyn Theaters and chairman of Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS, speaking about his passion—the theater in general and and Broadway, in particular. This past January, Libin, who has maintained a summer home on Gardiner’s Bay in East Hampton with his wife Florence for over 40 years, was appointed to Chairman of The Broadway League, marking an ironic twist in his career that began Off Broadway in 1956 as a gofer working for Jo Mielziner on the musical Happy Hunting with Ethel Merman and Fernando Lamas. He has done it all during his illustrious career and for 30 years was the President of the league of Off-Broadway Theaters.
By Isa Goldberg Having just been startled by the larger-than-life Mary Poppins, I was enchanted to meet the Olivier Award-winning actress who reprises the role on Broadway. Somewhat diminutive and astonishingly beautiful, Laura Michelle Kelly radiates a spellbinding charm.
Colman Domingo Living Large By Patrick Christiano Born and raised in Philadelphia Colman Domingo moved to San Francisco at the age of 21 soon after graduating from college, a couple of years after a professor told him “he had a gift for acting,” embarking on a two decade long journey of learning his craft. He played all sorts of roles in theater, film, and television, while watching, learning and reading masters like Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. He eventually made his way to New York and Broadway. And now the LOGO star is an award winning actor riding the crest of a wave, which caught momentum a few years ago with his performance in the acclaimed musical Passing Strange.
One of the highlights of the Hamptons International Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday October 15th was when the international film star Jacqueline Bisset, who in 1977 appeared on the cover of both Newsweek and Time in the same week, sat down with Steven Gaines for an intimate chat about her illustrious career before a live audience at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Bisset, who is renowned as one the world’s great beauties, stars in the Hallmark Channel’s new film, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, one of the festivals upcoming Spotlight films, which will be shown in East Hampton at 6 pm following the interview.
If you’re an English actor graced with a Tony nod this season, it’s likely to feel a bit strange. After all, in London the kind of hoopla we bestow on actors is usually reserved for the likes of those named Sir and Dame as in Sir Ian McKellan or Dame Judi Dench. Still, this season’s entourage of British talent on Broadway includes a list of thoroughbreds, all chomping at the bit and eager to toast Broadway’s winning season.
The luminous voice of the Grammy Award winning soprano Kathleen Battle has been heralded throughout the world. After witnessing the major milestones in her illustrious career, critics have been unified in singing her praises. Words like spellbinding, magical, mesmerizing have been used to describe her performances from the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and major concert halls. She has scanned the heights of the classical musical world with her unmistakable sound performing with leading orchestras world wide. And now this sensational talent will be bring her consummate gifts to the West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) this Saturday night July 19th for one performance only at 8:30 PM.
By Gerard Raymond The recently announced Tony and Drama Desk nominations confirm what New York audiences already knew: the season has been great for Bobby Steggert. Last fall, the 29 year-old Maryland native gave a white-hot performance in the role of Mother’s Younger Brother, the romantic lad who is ready to “blow things up” for a cause, in the regrettably short-lived Broadway transfer of The Kennedy Center revival of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens musical Ragtime.